Canadian rockers The Weakerthans haven’t released a new album since 2007, but frontman John K. Samson is set to release his first solo record this upcoming January. Provincial contains re-recorded tracks from two previous EPs, but a fresh batch that explores landmarks from Samson’s life in Manitoba.
On one of the tracks, “When I Write My Master’s Thesis,” Samson’s vocals are reminiscent of Ben Gibbard’s on one of Death Cab’s more upbeat pop-rock songs and the melody is just as catchy. Exciting guitars are coupled with an exceedingly catchy chorus.
Samson has also announced a string of U.S. dates for next spring and will announce more dates soon.
You can stream “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” here and check out John K. Samson & the Provincial Band tour dates below.
10 – Boston, Mass @ Brighton Music Hall
11 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Union Transfer
13 – Washington D.C. @ Black Cat
15 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
16 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Club Cafe
17 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Mohawk
1 – Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
2 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir
5 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Casbah
6 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Troubadour
7 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bottom of the Hill